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Black Lament (Black Wings #4)

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  2,450 Ratings  ·  135 Reviews
Devastated and grieving, Maddy unexpectedly finds hope with the discovery that she is pregnant. But Maddy's joy is short lived when Lucifer informs her that he wants the baby, hoping to draw on the combined power of two of his bloodlines. Maddy is determined that her grandfather will never have her child, but she’s not sure what she can do to stop him.

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Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Ace
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Nov 02, 2012 Maya rated it it was amazing
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Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
My Rating:3.5 stars: Liked it - recommend(B+)
Full Review:

NOTE: review (below) contain spoilers from the previous book, Black Howl.

Black Lament jumps back into the story of our heroine, Madeline (Maddy) Black, moments after the emotionally explosive conclusion of the third book in Ms. Henry’s fabulous series. Maddy has recently lost the love of her life, killed by her fallen angle father, Azazel. She is oddly comforted her by great (great...) grand-daddy,
Nov 14, 2012 Kasey rated it it was ok

Does anyone else feel like they just got hit with the 'WTF' stick? Maddy hated and I mean HATED Nathaniel and now she has these mysterious feeling for him? It seems as though since Gabriel is gone she has just clings onto someone else. It's like she NEEDS to be in love with someone. Oh and JB all 'I love you and I want to be the father of your baby' and all that shit. No, just no. To both JB and Nathaniel. As a great someone who's name I don't know said, 'WHAT IS THIS FUCKERY?!!!!'
Oct 26, 2012 Shelley rated it liked it
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5


Madeline (Maddy) Black has had enough of being pushed around and targeted just because of who she is and what she carries. She is suffering from a loss of the heart, and everyone around her is worried that she might take a leap over to the dark side and be just what Lucifer has always wanted; a protégée.

“Every time you try to cross me (Lucifer) you just get pulled further into my orbit.”

If you’ve read Black Howl (Black Wings # 3), you know that it ended w
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Oct 26, 2012 Carmel (Rabid Reads) rated it it was ok
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

The Black Wings series started out relatively strong with the first installment. In fact, I gave book one 4 stars out of 5. The two follow-up novels, Black Night and Black Howl, were only so-so, but Black Lament was absolutely atrocious. The main plot is trivial at best, the protagonist is a childish, arrogant, crazy person and the action is over-the-top ridiculous. This series went from good, to ok, to really bad and, as a result, I'm giving up on Madeline Black. There's
Mar 12, 2013 Paris rated it really liked it
I still am very much enjoying this series. Although Maddy is a tad reckless and all over the place, I feel like she’s doing the best she can given the situations she constantly finds herself in. Christina Henry did a great job showing Maddy’s grief over the loss of Gabriel, but also gave us a woman who was determined to keep going despite the fact that she had lost her husband. Although I love JB, it was weird to have him declaring his love for Maddy so soon after Gabriel’s demise. I think him j ...more
Gianne Kris
Nov 07, 2012 Gianne Kris rated it really liked it
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Lucifer put his arm around me. It felt comforting, like the act of a parent, a parent I’d always wanted – a father. The air filled with the scent of cinnamon. It reminded me so strongly of Gabriel that the tears that always hovered beneath the surface spilled over.

Lucifer said nothing, only held me as I wept. After a long while, it felt like there were no more tears to be cried. I lifted my head and saw Lucifer watching me with great compassion in
Oct 29, 2012 Stacy rated it really liked it
Even though Maddy has been through hell and lost much she is incredibly strong and level headed most of the time. The Agency is breathing down her neck and the Fae are trying to kill her at every turn. She is pregnant and has lost her husband but she is not alone and with so many behind her she continues to fight against those that are against her.

Maddy is in a lot of emotional pain throughout BLACK LAMENT. She broke down a few times and was depressing at many points. Madeline acted a bit like
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
THEME: Demons/Magic/Paranormal
3.5 star

I was very weary about starting Black Lament, the ending of the previous book broke my heart in so many ways as the reader and for the lead character Maddy. I felt the relationship between Maddy and Gabriel didn’t get enough build up, but with this book starting right in the aftermath, the reader really feels that emptiness from the previous books.

Black Lament follows the very stro
Dec 26, 2012 Arushi rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
There is something about Madeline Black that makes you keep coming back for more. Black Lament is the fourth book, and I am still here. And I will be there for Black City.

Maybe what makes Maddy so attractive is the fact that she really really does not want any of this: politics, power, magic, money, none of it; or maybe it is that her reactions are like those of a normal modern woman. She does not want to be controlled. She just wants to live and she judges other people on the basis of how she
Nov 07, 2012 Marsha rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Adults
Someone, please explain to me what has happened to this series? It started out so promising: but, now it has turned into a convoluted mess. With each consecutive book, layers after layers of new myths are piled on to an already rich mythological world. Initially, we have the worlds of the agents of death, fathered by Lucifer, protected by a gargoyle, fallen angels, werewolves, attacked by faeries, vampires etc. Enough already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In this installment, Maddy finds she is
I have problems making up my mind about whether I like this book or not, to be honest. I can say that I like some parts and dislike the others. Thus, I'm still giving it my so-so/standard 3-stars rating. Because I cannot say outloud that I dislike it ...


On one hand, I started warming up to Maddy in book #3 and my heart broke for her when Gabriel was killed in the hand of her father, Azazel. Even if I never actually cared enough about Gabriel and Maddy's relationship in the first place. Still
Jun 05, 2012 Erica marked it as to-read
I wait to read this one.
Michelle Leah Olson
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:

I am absolutely in love with this series, so when Christina sent me an ARC of Black Lament to get me through a tough time following back to back surgeries, she couldn't have given me a better gift.

After crying my eyes out following the conclusion of Black Howl and just KNOWING that Christina had amazing things in store for not only us but her characters, I was chomping at the bit to start Black Lament. Let me tell you that Miss He
Oct 23, 2012 Kt rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

As an Angel of Death, has seen countless souls ferried to the other side, and has become a little numb to the pain and loss associated with it. But all that changed when that loss stuck home and she is left a grieving mess. But there is a small matter of hope with the new life growing inside of her, a happiness that is lessened once Maddy realizes her unborn child would be a mighty temptation for Lucifer. A child of two of his bloodlines wou
This books was just a mess. The girl is still dumb as a rock. She spends most of the book in fights with creatures that would terrify everyone else in this world except maybe for her great-great-(how many greats?)-grandfather, Lucifer, but she never shows one moment of fear or concern. She never stops to consider that her antagonism and childish behavior is putting her friends at risk. She just keeps bulldozing along, ignoring politics, politeness, and any form of good judgement. And the abiliti ...more
Jan 28, 2013 Astarte rated it it was amazing
Gabriel, her husband, has just been murdered in front of her and Maddy's grief stricken. Her strength to carry on is mostly because Lucifer (yes, THAT Lucifer) her many-times-over-grandfather reveals that she is pregnant. Never-the-less, there's a blood price on her head that the fairy courts are more than happy to try to claim, her father, Azazel, to extract vengeance upon, Agents to rescue, old enemies to reconcile with and her Agency gig to keep track of through space-time portals, all whilst ...more
Nov 03, 2012 Angeloflight rated it did not like it
I don't know if I'll keep reading this series, it died to me together with Gabriel, if he doesn't come back I'm dropping this. The author sadly did the worst decision ever possible.

It doesn't matter if she end up with someone else, the author stupidly killed the coolest character in the series, God knows why. Good way to destroy a series *sigh*
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Jan 24, 2013 Jessica (a GREAT read) rated it it was amazing

I managed to finish Christina Henry's Black Lament in under two days really and it was pretty great! I don't know why I didn't just read this one right away after it released, especially after the ending of the last one!

After Gabriel's death at the hands of her father Azazel, Maddie is distraught, depressed...all the feelings that come with grieving the lost of loved one. Then when Lucifer tells her she's pregnant, she realizes that it is in fact true. Sh
Nov 05, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it
Madelyn "Maddy" Black is devastated, she has just watched her husband be murdered by her father right before her eyes. Though she is surrounded by friends and her Gargoyle Beezle, it takes a lot to shake her from her grief. The fact that she as an Agent of Death carries responsibilities that the agency does not seem to care whether the Fae, her father and several other entities want her dead. They inform her she is not get involved in anything that does not involve collecting souls she has been ...more
<3.5 Stars out of 5

I can’t say that I loved Black Lament, but I can’t say that I disliked it either. It was kind of a “Eh” read for me. So much happened at the end of Black Howl that I wasn’t sure where Christina Henry would take this series. After reading Black Lament, I’m really hoping she has it figured it; because I certainly don’t. I’m not even sure I know what I would like to see for Maddy.

With everything that happened in Black Howl, Maddy is left emotionally wrung out and depressed. Si
Nov 19, 2012 Karissa rated it really liked it
This is the fourth book in the Madeline Black series. It was a solid installment in this series, if not the best one in the series. The fifth book in the series, Black City, is scheduled for a Feb 2013 release.

Madeline Black finds out from Lucifer that she is pregnant with Gabriel's baby. Now she not only has to evade numerous assassination attempts from the Faerie court, she also has to hunt down her father to revenge Gabriel, and keep her unborn child out of Lucifer's hands. All of this while
Apr 21, 2014 JPerceval rated it it was amazing
What I love about this series is that every entry is a game-changer in some way. Not cliffhanger so much as we-fell-off-the-cliff-now-we-have-to-pick-up-the-pieces.

Maddie Black, Agent of Death and however-many-great-granddaughter of Lucifer, has just lost her love and found out she was pregnant, back-to-back. She has vowed to kill the being responsible for Gabriel's death -- her own father, the Grigori Azaezel. But first she has to find him, figure out what he's up to, and stop it -- all while
Aug 25, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it
I've been waiting for this book to come out on Kindle, and the wait was excruciating! I'm glad I waited though, the book was brilliant. It was good to have Maddie and Beezle back! I love Beezle...

The book carries on just about where it left off. Gabriel is dead and Maddie is pregnant. She's trying to fight her confused feelings about JB and Nathaniel while also struggling to control her grief over her recently dead husband.

Maddie has a knack for gaining enemies. This is a book on revenge and tak
Blodeuedd Finland
Apr 29, 2013 Blodeuedd Finland rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Wow Madeleine is just crazy kick-ass, she always was but now, ha, kick-ass beyond everything. But that is why she is fun to read about, she rushes into a situation, tries to kill somneone (does kill someone) and often end up mortally wounded. She is not stupid, she is just, let's get this S#t done!!

And of course after the true evilness! after book 3 I was dying to read this one. Gabriel was killed..killed and I was all wtf?! Not to mention Maddy is preggers and Lucifer could not be happier. But
Whitney Newman
Apr 11, 2013 Whitney Newman rated it liked it
Shelves: my-books
I am having a hard time deciding how to best rate this series, so I give it 3 stars. I honestly enjoy reading it, it is a quick, easy, and entertaining read but when I sit back and think about it certain things start to fall apart.

The main one I will discuss here is character development. To me, it seems rushed in places. For example, you spend two and a half books building up a forbidden relationship, finally allow it in book 3 only to have it taken away 8 chapters later.

The main complaints I
The Last
May 29, 2013 The Last rated it liked it
I originally wrote this review on my blog:

This is the fourth book in Henry's Black Wings series. It picks up immediately after the events in book 3 and I can easily believe readers will have a love/hate relationship with it.

There are Agents of Death, Angels, the Devil, a gargoyle, the fae, vampires, trolls, a strange preying mantis creature and much more. That's a lot of paranormal beings in one book and it's arguable whether this added to the storyline or wa
Merve Özcan
Sep 04, 2013 Merve Özcan rated it it was ok
Gittikçe kötüleşiyor bu seri. Öneri listemden de çıkardım :(
Yorum geliyor.

Yorum ayrıca Kitab-ı Sevda yayınlandı.

Bu seriyi okumayalı bayağı olmuş yahu! Zamanında ne de severek okumuştum!

Lucifer'ın direkt soyundan gelen tek çocuk özelliğine sahip olan Madeline 3. kitapta Gabriel ile evlenmiş, ardından onu kaybetmiş ve bu da yetmezmiş gibi hamile olduğunu, Lucifer'ın bu çocukta gözü olduğunu öğrenmişti. Bu kızın başından bela asla eksik olmuyor bana sorarsanız. Hatta normal bir gün gelse, kıçından
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)

Maddy can feel little tiny wings fluttering in side of her, and even though that signifies a little piece of Gabriel that she’ll always have, it’s cold comfort in the face of her loss. JB would like her to return to soul collecting and Lucifer is hinting that Maddy’s child might be better off with him. Maddy’s determined that he will never lay hands on her child, but she’s got other things to worry about in the meantime. Some very powerful fae are gunning
Jun 02, 2016 Margaret rated it really liked it
**As an Agent of Death, Madeline Black deals with loss every day. But when tragedy touches her own life, Maddy will have to find the strength within to carry on… **

Devastated and grieving, Maddy unexpectedly finds hope with the discovery that she is pregnant. But Maddy’s joy is short lived when Lucifer informs her that he wants the baby, hoping to draw on the combined power of two of his bloodlines. Maddy is determined that her grandfather will never have her child, but she’s not sure what she
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